BTU President Jessica Tang spoke at the annual Labor Day breakfast on Monday and appreciated the opportunity to share our story at the BTU. Listen to President Tang’s speech:
The event was an annual celebration of the labor movement and the importance of unions in fighting for a better society for all. Teachers unions continue to play an important role, and we are proud that, despite the Janus decision, not a single member has dropped their membership! And we are very happy to welcome over 200 new members who signed up in August!
Several speakers at the Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast referenced this year’s Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The decision forbid public sector unions from charging nonmembers certain fees, seen as a huge blow to organized labor. But leaders spoke of the strength of their membership in the wake of the ruling.
“Many people thought the Janus decision would be a deathknell for the public sector unions. They are wrong,” Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union said. “We are proud at the BTU that we have not had a single member drop their membership” she said, her voice drowned out by applause and cheers from hundreds munching on breakfast.
Happy Labor Day!